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One of the things I’m proudest of in all my life is the association with, and work I did on the documentary, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.
July 9 marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of that film. It premiered at the New School in New York City…the one and only movie premiere I’ve ever been to. I hadn’t seen any part of the film prior to the premiere so I and the other researchers were pretty darn excited. At the end I broke down in tears.
Here is a retrospective video the film’s producer, Robert Greenwald of BraveNewFilms, posted on YouTube yesterday. In it, he thanks us researchers (a/k/a “Newshounds,” a name we adopted after we started blogging at Newshounds.us after the film debuted). He also included a photo of each of us (I wish I could have sent an updated one as I’ve lost 60 pounds since then) and that’s my voice on the phone saying I feel for the people who watch Fox all the time.
Sadly, three of the eight Newshounds have since died: Deborah Yesner, Nancy Anton and Eleanor White.
So, so proud to have helped expose Fox “News” for the biased, conservative propaganda outlet it is to this day. Why the FCC lets it use the word news in its title still ticks me off no end.
Check it out:
I thought it was unethical for a mental health professional to diagnose and/or speak to the condition, thoughts or actions of someone unless they’d actually examined that person but hey, we’re talking Fox “News” so all that’s out the door.
On today’s edition of Fox’s “Outnumbered,” their resident so-called psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow, opined on how President Obama has apparently involved many countries and many human beings in a collaborative effort to play the World Cup right now, to distract from his political problems:
At a time when there’s so many national issues and international issues of such prominence, I am a little suspicious of yet another bread and circus routine. Let’s roll out the marijuana, pull back the laws and get people even more crazy about yet another entertainment event. This is to distract people. This is like Rome. It’s like Rome. I can see why Obama would love the World Cup.[Overtalk.]I think it’s interesting that at a time when there’s so much to pay attention to of such great import, people are playing games.
James Rosen, who serves as Fox’s “Chief Washington Correspondent,” just posted a lengthy article titled: “EXCLUSIVE: Bergdahl Declared Jihad in Captivity, Secret Documents Show.”
Here’s the first paragraph:
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.
Really? How about if I say I saw James Rosen taking a stabbing someone in the middle of 5th Avenue in NYC on, oh, say March 4, 2014 (“purported witness”) and I write that information down (“secret document”) and I hand it to a reporter somewhere. Is it reasonable for me to expect that reporter will report what I supposedly saw and wrote down without so much as investigating whether I can prove I was in NYC on March 4? No, at least not until now.
That’s what happened here.
It’s clear that Fox is so crazed to destroy President Obama / Democrats (don’t forget, we’ve got midterms coming up) it’s lost whatever semblance of its journalistic mind it possessed before now. It’s goal isn’t to inform, it is to shovel out as much propaganda as it possibly can, as fast as it can.
My Tweet of the Day is from Michael Moyer, the Editor of Scientific American:
Check out this article from Caty Enders at Esquire mag: Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored.
At the Bundy camp last week, pundits and politicians descended on Bunkerville, Nevada, to throw in their American flag hats with the BLM protestors. A FOX news van had been parked by the side of the road for days. Up on the ridge, militia snipers kept a trained watch as Bundy held court, and disciples from far and wide came to share their personal theories as to why the government was enforcing a court order.
But on Thursday, we witnessed a mainstream exodus from Bundy’s flank. Sean Hannity, Bundy’s biggest booster, called his racist remarks “beyond despicable,” but maintained that they should not taint the supporters who “for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach.”
Exactly how difficult was it, though, to determine pretty early on that Bundy and his followers were using the threat of force to back up some terrifyingly misguided beliefs?
During the few hours I visited last week, this was what was said.
Here’s the condensed version:
I want to be like it was growing up in the 50s too Cliven: When the United Nations was the hope of the world. When my father supported he, my mother and my two brothers (on one salary). We had great public schools and California had essentially free universities. I trick-or-treated for UNICEF when I was nine-years-old and I thought I could make a difference. When my 14-year-old self and my girlfriend swooned over 20, 24-year-olds hunks who we saw in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. That would be before Reagan and his predecessors decided we didn’t need them anymore … the Forest Service caretakers or the forests.
Back in the 50s I’d drink a Dr. Pepper and it had good ol’ sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup and it came in a glass bottle instead of one that leached BPA into my brain.
Here’s lookin’ at you Cliven. The 50s were great in so so many ways but lots has happened since. You might want to Google it.
Here’s an interesting report from Pew Research’s Journalism Project: Key Indicators in Media & News.
It’s full of all kinds of tidbits about local television, newspapers, cable and broadcast networks but the first sentence, about cable, is what jumped out at me:
In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined. The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.
The “combined median prime-time viewership” of the three major cable news channels was “about 3 million?” Wow. Given all the yelling and screaming by and about the various cable news “journalists” — Hannity, O’Reilly, Matthews, Morgan, et al — you’d think they were bringing in audience numbers akin to that of the network news shows at 22.6 million.
They — the cable “news” screamers — get way, way too much of our society’s attention.
Read that headline again.
Pity the 1%, right? They never have a say. According to Fox’s Maria Bartiromo, “business people” haven’t been heard enough of late so damnit, she’s going to fix that:
There’s a void in the market. We never hear business people as part of the conversation on a Sunday. I only hear politicos doing their talking points. I want to get the guy on the front line, the gal on the front line, telling us why they’re not taking money from overseas and putting it here, what should tax reform look like, what should immigration reform look like. So I’m going to bring business people into the conversation on a Sunday morning.
If I didn’t have a life I’d spend two hours researching and posting links as to why this is so f*cked up. “Business people” need a louder voice? Really? For starters, they own D.C. so there’s that. I mean, come on.
When was the last time the corporate opened a whole new network devoted to homeless people 0r poor people or people struggling on a retirement income or people without health care?
Amazing how a guy who claims to be in the news business (as in reporting facts) jumps to so many conclusions here in two sentences:
Maybe he’s high.
Oh the irony. I. Am. Loving. This.
Fox News has spent the last five years promoting the notion that election fraud is rampant across the United States though time and again, their Republican cronies haven’t found any (here and here as recent examples).
That meme has been about discrediting an African-American president and insinuating that creepy crawly homeless and poor people — African-Americans of course — are stealing what would otherwise be a clean and pure election process that would elect a (white) Republican, not a Kenyan Muslim guy.
That said, I can’t help but laugh my ass off tonight as I read about one of Fox’s favorite “contributors,” Dinesh D’Souza, who has been indited for, get this,
Cull through the posts I put up at the Newshounds after I worked on Outfoxed and you’ll see reference after reference to good ol’ Dinesh. He was one of Neil Cavuto‘s favorite guests. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on his high horse, bashing Obama, bashing everything that was wrong and supposedly corrupt about Democrats, the election process, the economy and well, you name it.
Oh, and Fox used Dinesh as one of their brown guys. You know: We like brown people (despite their underlying deceitfulness, corruption and tendency toward killing white people). We really, really do!
Ah, life can be so sweet.
Click on the headline above or go here for more on the indictment.
If it turns out New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was involved in closing three lanes of the George Washington Bridge leading into New York City, for four days (which too few people are emphasizing), causing untold drivers untold headaches, Fox News doesn’t want us to think of their Republican friend as a petty, vindictive, immature, mean, self-centered, two-bit street thug. No. No. No. No. They want us to think poor Chris Christie is a “masculine,” “muscular” man’s man and the poor thing, he’s the victim in all this:
Britt Hume on Sunday’s “Media Buzz:” “In this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks.”
Co-host Lauren Ashburn: “Feminized?”
Britt Hume: “Atmosphere. Men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which he operates. This guy is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy, and there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.”
See the video here.
I swear. They’ve got some real psychos chained in the basement over there at Fox thinking this stuff up.
Chris Christie is a Republican.
My Tweet of the Day
Here’s the article linked to in the tweet: Fox’s Benghazi Expert Endorsed Assassinating Obama Last Week.
I remember seeing Michael Scheuer interviewed over the years. Lately, he really seems to have gone off his rocker. But hey, if he thinks it’d be cool to assassinate the president, Fox is bound to love him.
So John Boehner is a hero because he stood up to the people who hated his budget before they read it?
This is what’s really going on here (heads up Tea Partiers — they’re playing you for fools):
It’s pretty easy to tell when someone gets their “news” from Fox:
A New Mexico teacher was disciplined this week after the parent of one of his students complained that he had told his black son that Santa Claus is white.
According to Michael Rougier, the parent, the unidentified teacher approached his ninth-grade son, Christopher, who was wearing a Santa hat and fake beard and said, “Don’t you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?”
The teacher’s comments come in the wake of the controversy caused by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, who claimed it was a “fact” that both Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white.
Rougier toldThe El Paso Times that the teacher’s question “enraged him.”
“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”
The Rio Rancho Public School district did not release the name of the teacher, nor did it indicate how the teacher was disciplined, only that “[a]ppropriate disciplinary action has been taken.”
One of my least favorite holiday traditions is the right’s never-ending claim, led by Fox so-called-News, that there’s a massive “war on Christmas” here in the U.S. It’s made obvious, according to them, by the use of the greeting, “Happy Holidays” instead of, “Merry Christmas.”
I don’t know about you, but I think this is getting really, really old. And so, apparently, do a whole bunch of other people. Check out this new Pew poll:
46% “say it doesn’t matter.” Got that guys?
Uh oh. It looks like Fox and Limbaugh and all the rabid wingers who go out of their way to make even the slightest blip having to do with Barack Obama an impeachable offense have something new to sink their teeth into today:
Sunny Obama, the second Portuguese water dog the Obamas adopted in August, was part of a minor incident in which she caused a 2-year-old White House guest Ashtyn Gardner to fall over.
Sunny jumped up on the toddler during the 2013 White House Holiday Press Preview, in which First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the White House’s holiday decorations with families of military service members. Ashtyn was there with her father, John Gardner, a member of the Navy who later said that Ashtyn was fine.
Both Sunny and Bo, the Obama’s other Portuguese water dog, remained in the room afterward and there were no other incidents. Sunny apologized right after the incident by licking Ashtyn’s face.
How long will it be before this becomes, “Obama’s dog mauls sweet, little, innocent 2-year-old girl?”
I want to say this is tongue-in-cheek but hey, I wouldn’t put it past them.
What?! Per Business Insider:
Liz Cheney, a Republican candidate for Senate in Wyoming, released a new ad Monday entitled “Daughters,” which highlights her family’s long history and roots in the state.
The ad features Cheney’s three daughters, who recount how the family’s ancestors first came to the state in 1852. They note that their grandfather, former Vice President Dick Cheney, also hails from the state.
“And we’re very proud of our mom, who’s running for the United States Senate,” one of Cheney’s daughters says.
When I saw this article what immediately came to mind was something I wrote about over at the Newshounds in 2007. On October 1 of that year,
the Service Workers International Union (SEIU) and “hundreds of children” and “consumers,” held a rally in Washington, D.C., to “protest President Bush’s expected veto of legislation that would provide health coverage to nearly 10 million children whose families cannot afford private health insurance.” Ted Kennedy joined the rally…
The next day, Fox’s Neil Cavuto aired a segment on his show, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, featuring video of the rally and of Senator Kennedy with some of the kids and he then proceeded to go off on people using “kids as props:”
This time their theme was about Democrats “using kids as props.” Cavuto’s two guests had a you’ve-heard-it-all-before “discussion,” with the conservative Ben Ferguson crying about how awful it is to exploit children…
The noteworthy part about the segment was Fox’s intro. They showed video of the rally and then a picture of Saddam Hussein meeting with a young boy just prior to the start of the first Gulf war, i.e., only people like Saddam Hussein use “kids as props.”
If wingers feel free to try to tie Ted Kennedy to Saddam Hussein via this ridiculous argument, fine. Two can play this little game.
Here’s a graph showing the number of minutes the cable “news” outlets devoted to climate change between April 1 and August 13 this year. Note the stars on O’Reilly’s and Hannity’s shows. Those stars mean the coverage was dismissive of climate change (natch – hey, we’re talkin’ Fox).
Oh, and CNN is supposedly a flaming liberal channel, right? It looks like Erin Burnett’s show, OutFront, devoted about four minutes to the issue while Anderson Cooper didn’t touch it. Liberal? What a joke that is.
What a sorry state of affairs.
The answer to that question is: No way Jose. The only way Fox Business would cheer a huge milestone in the Dow like this is if a Republican was in office.
This is a thing Fox does (regarding that sensationalized and inaccurate Bengazi segment on 60 Minutes two weeks ago):
CBS News has pulled its dubious 60 Minutes report on the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi following the revelation that Dylan Davies, the segment’s featured “witness,” has given contradictory stories about that night’s events. But Fox News, which aggressively promoted the CBS segment and used it to claim that their own Benghazi reporting had been validated, has so far ignored the story’s implosion in its on-air reporting.
Fox was eager to seize on the CBS report shortly after it aired. On October 28, the morning after the 60 Minutes segment, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy told viewers, “It’s great that mainstream media, finally catching up. CBS did this story on Benghazi and I see criticism from the left where they go, ‘You guys are covering a phony scandal.’ 60 Minutes doesn’t cover phony scandals.”
All told, Fox spent more than 47 minutes — spread across 13 segments on 11 separate shows — covering the CBS report on October 28.
But now that CBS has pulled the report [and apologized for the false claims made in it], Fox has gone silent. As of 1:45 pm, the network still has not told its viewers that the 60 Minutes report has been retracted.
Bottom line? If Fox wants its audience to know something, in this case that 60 Minutes had some alleged dirt on the Obama administration, they’ll scream about it incessantly. If they don’t want their audience to know something, that the premise of the story has since collapsed, they’ll make sure that happens too, by going silent. What Fox doesn’t report is as important as what it does.
This tweet from “Fox News Latino” is a pretty good illustration of what Fox thinks its Latino audience cares about and needs to know about.
Here’s Faux News’ reporting on World War II vets “rising up” against the government “slimdown” at the World War II War Memorial in DC last week. (Note that Faux is calling this a “slimdown” instead of a shutdown. Sexier, and less threatening I guess. Anything to minimize the damage done to Republicans.)
Congressman Steven Palazzo was willing to go to jail.
The representative from Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District was standing on the Washington Mall Tuesday – outside a barricade that had been erected around the World War II Memorial.
He was standing shoulder to shoulder with members of the Greatest Generation – 91 Mississippians who fought valiantly during World War II. Their families had also gathered along with eight members of Congress.
They had traveled many miles only to be told the open-air memorial was closed – on account of the federal government shutdown.
The memorial that had been built for the aging warriors was barricaded and roped off with yellow tape. The water features were turned off and the bathrooms were locked. Armed park police stood nearby.
The congressman worked in vain to try to convince the National Park Service to open the memorial.
He called the Department of Interior but they did not intervene.
He even wrote to President Obama – pleading with him to open the memorial so that the elderly men could lay flowers and pay their respects to fallen brothers. But the president remained silent.
“They did not lift one finger to help these veterans,” Palazzo told me. “It is sad that they would not even make an exception for our World War II veterans.”
What. A. Lie.
This is what really happened:
Yup. You have that right.
Faux News shouldn’t be allowed to call itself a news organization. It doesn’t report news as in facts. It’s a propaganda arm of the wingnutosphere.
Keep doing what you’re doing Republicans: The GOP’s favorability rating has plunged to 28 percent, its lowest point ever, and the lowest point ever for either party. That 31% rating in 1999 was when House Republicans voted to impeach President Clinton:
This is what happens when a party gets all its information from the Fox Newses and the Rush Limbaughs of the world. They think “the people” are on their side.
Fox either doesn’t care about fact-checking what it reports as fact, or it has so convinced itself that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, it reported yesterday that Obama is prepared to pay, out of “his own pocket,” for “a Museum of Muslim culture,” a “fact” generated my a satirical website:
Fox & Friends Saturday criticized President Obama for offering to personally pay for a “museum of Muslim culture” during the government shutdown, a claim that originated from a satire website.
On October 5, the co-hosts of Fox & Friends Saturday discussed the closure of the World War II Memorial, which resulted from the Republican-led shutdown. During the discussion, co-host Anna Kooiman claimed that while the memorial is closed, “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.”
Unfortunately for Kooiman, the claim that Obama offered to pay out of pocket for a “museum of Muslim culture” originated from the satirical website the National Report.
Fox is a national disgrace.
Fox “business news” reporter Stuart Varney yesterday on AM 560’s The Big John & Amy Show:
HOWELL: Do you think that federal workers, when this ends, are deserving of their back pay or not?
VARNEY: That is a loaded question isn’t it? You want my opinion? This is President Obama’s shutdown. He is responsible for shutting this thing down; he’s taken an entirely political decision here. No, I don’t think they should get their back pay, frankly, I really don’t. I’m sick and tired of a massive, bloated federal bureaucracy living on our backs, and taking money out of us, a lot more money than most of us earn in the private sector, then getting a furlough, and then getting their money back at the end of it. Sorry, I’m not for that. I want to punish these people. Sorry to say that, but that’s what I want to do.
This is their mindset folks. They’re cruel and vindictive and they want to take it out on We, the Little People.
Coming soon to the United States:
With elections tomorrow, Rupert Murdoch is still on the offensive, plastering his papers with outrageous editorials masquerading as journalism. But when independent advocacy group GetUp pushed back with its own ad critical of Murdoch’s blatant bias, all three commercial networks refused to air it — worried they would anger the billionaire mogul.
This is what media concentration in Australia has brought: a chummy corporate culture that protects its own. Rupert Murdoch has been able to get away with substituting editorials for news while critical voices are shut out of the discussion. It’s time to push back against corporate censorship protecting its own.
Already, deregulation has led to Murdoch controlling 70% of the market for newspapers, and his agenda will seek even further concentration of power in Australian media. If Tony Abbott rolls into office, he will owe Murdoch a big debt, and News Corp has a big agenda it wants passed, including weakening the ABC, dismantling regulations, and ending laws regulating hate speech.
Here is GetUp’s ad that the cowed Australian press was afraid to air:
This would be Fox’s Greta Van Sustern yesterday, implying that only liberal African-Americans were invited to attend Sunday’s March on Washington marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.s’ “I Have a Dream” speech:
And this would be an article that appears on Fox News’ website:
Fox so-called-News launched “Fox News Latino” about a year ago. Check out the topics it has covered on its Twitter feed over the last last few hours. This is kindergarten stuff and an insult to Latinos everywhere.
Geezus. Maybe it’s just me but I think most Latinos would agree that there are a whole bunch of much bigger issues facing Latinos than lost and found border collies and Brazilian super-models cuddling up to their footballer husbands.
Filed under: Dumbed Down
This time of year I’m usually scrambling to keep the plants I’m summering on the deck watered and protected from drying out overnight. Today I brought them inside because they’re going to rot if they get more rain, which we’ve had here in Boulder for at least two weeks now.
Oh, and I put up a window box on the west side of the house and planted it full of Calibrachoa:
Calibrachoa need “at least” six hours of direct sun every day.
They haven’t had direct sun in a month.
Look how pitiful they are. They should be spilling out over the box and down the side.
Ugh. If it weren’t for Faux News, I’d think there was something fishy going on with, you know, the climate.
Here’s Geraldo Rivera mimicking Anthony Weiner in a tweet last night:
Rivera wrote: “70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age.”
Yo, Geraldo, at 70 you should have more class than this.